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20 Aug 2013

Swiss arts Council Pro Helvetia

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is a foundation under public law, entirely funded by the federal government. It fulfils a subsidiary role, complementing the cultural promotion activities of the cantons and municipalities. Pro Helvetia is responsible for projects of nationwide significance.

Pro Helvetia is mandated by the Swiss Confederation to promote artistic creation in Switzerland, contribute to cultural exchange at home and promote the dissemination of Swiss culture abroad to foster cultural outreach. The foundation makes its own independent decisions about what it should promote.

Pro Helvetia supports projects in different ways: on the basis of applications, via its network of cultural centres and liaison offices abroad, within the framework of its own programmes and through information and promotional materials. Currently Pro Helvetia has liaison offices in Warsaw, Cairo, Johannesburg, New Delhi and Shanghai. The Arts Council runs its own cultural centre in Paris and coordinates the cultural programme at Palazzo Trevisan in Venice.